Who doesn’t love pugs, bulldogs and all of those “squishy-faced” dog breeds? We certainly do!
Unfortunately, that adorable face can come with a couple of health problems that you need to be aware of. The main ones we’re concerned about are several respiratory conditions known collectively as the “Brachycephalic Obstructive Syndrome”.
These issues stem from excessive nose cartilage, elongated soft palates and excessive tissue around the airways. Ultimately, this can lead to difficulty breathing, heat and exercise intolerance and even hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) leading to fainting spells.
Thankfully, there are several surgical procedures we can do to correct these anatomical problems, before they lead to clinical signs. The vets at both our Goolwa and Victor Harbor clinics are trained to detect these issues and can advise if surgery is necessary.
The most common surgical procedures that we recommend in these patients are:
- Nare widening – this is a fancy name for a nose job and involves surgically widening the nasal openings to allow more air to pass through.
- Soft palate resection – this involves removing a section of the soft palate that sits in the back of the throat and often causes snoring as well as more severe respiratory issues.
These procedures are best performed before the patient develops significant problems (often at the time of desexing).